Lola Bobesco, Vol. II;  Freddy Legrand;   Jacques Genty  (St Laurent Studio YSL T-1362)
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Lola Bobesco, Vol. II;  Freddy Legrand;   Jacques Genty  (St Laurent Studio YSL T-1362)
S0820. LOLA BOBESCO, w.Jacques Genty (Pf: Violin Sonata #17 in C, K.296 (Mozart), Live Performance, 1947, Paris; w. FREDDY LEGRAND (Viola): Duo in E-flat, Op.19, #3 (Stamitz); Duo in G, Op.10, #3 (Eichner); Duo #2 in B-flat, K.424 (Mozart); Passacaglia (Handel); Sonatine for Violin & Viola (René Bernier), Live Performance, 31 March, 1961, Paris. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1362. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.


“Lola Bobesco was born, according to most sources, in 1921 in Craiova, Romania, although Tully Potter puts the year as 1919. Her father was a composer, violinist and teacher, and gave Lola her first lessons. She then progressed on to Marcel Chailley and from there to Jules Boucherit at the Paris Conservatoire, from whose fertile stable came Ginette Neveu, Devy Erlih, Henri Temianka, Michèle Auclair and Denise Soriano, who married him, despite a forty year age gap. Later, Georges Enescu and Jacques Thibaud had some input. In 1934, Bobesco took the Conservatoire’s first prize.

The Bobesco/Genty musical partnership dated back to 1945, and three years later in 1948 they married. Whilst the marriage lasted only fourteen years, they continued to perform together until 2000, when Lola retired. They lived in Belgium, and Bobesco taught violin at Brussels Conservatory, and later at Liège (1962-1974). There is a tangible rapport between the two artists, giving some indication of the tremendous success the duo had. Jacques Genty (1921-2014), a pupil of Lazare-Lévy (1882-1964), began his career as a soloist, but later discovered that his true vocation lay in playing chamber music and accompanying. The pair undertook several tours together, to Japan, the Far East, South Africa, but never to the States. The violinist died in 2003.”

- Stephen Greenbank, MusicWebInternational

“Lola Bobesco was a Romanian violinist who spent most of her career in Europe and many of those years were spent in Belgium, which is why Bobesco is frequently referred to as a Belgian violinist. She initially studied with her father, a noted composer and conductor. At age 6, she gave her first public recital. From 1928 to 1935, she studied at the Normal School of Music in Paris. Her main teacher there was Marcel Chailley, a well-known violinist of the time. She almost simultaneously studied at the Paris Conservatory from 1931 to 1935, with Jules Boucherit. She also studied privately with George Enescu and Jacques Thibaud. She apparently made her orchestral debut in Paris in 1936 with the (Edouard) Colonne Orchestra with Paul Paray conducting. Paray would later become chief conductor of the Detroit Symphony, when Detroit was in its prime. It was an unusual debut in that she performed not a concerto from the standard repertoire but a work by a now-obscure Romanian composer, Stan Golestan. She was 17 years old. The next year, she won seventh prize in the Queen Elizabeth (Eugene Ysaye) violin competition - David Oistrakh came in first. After that, she returned to Romania and established a career in Bucharest. On January 17, 1960 she made her first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic, playing the Brahms Concerto. She was 38 years old. She performed with most of the major European orchestras, including the Concertgebouw, the London Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic, under conductors famous at the time, including Rudolf Kempe, Ernest Ansermet, Karl Bohm, and Otto Klemperer. Having relocated to Belgium in her early thirties, from 1958 to 1978, she led the Royal Wallonia Chamber Orchestra in Mons, Belgium, situated about 30 miles south of Brussels. She was also violin professor at the Brussels Conservatory. From 1962 to 1974, she taught at the Liege Conservatory. In 1990, she founded a string quartet as well - the Arte Del Suono Quartet. She was 69 years old. Her violin, among others, was a 1754 GB Guadagnini. Bobesco died (in Sart lez Spa, Belgium) on September 4, 2003, at age 82, largely forgotten.”

- Prone to Violins, 16 Feb., 2014